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December 22, 2021 | Sexual Harassment

Settlement reached with USA Gymnastics and hundreds of sexual abuse victims

Sexual abuse is personal injury.  Sexual abuse by trusted professionals is a crime.  A lack of response to claims of abuse is systemic in the medical profession, sports and institutions we rely upon for justice.  This is an environment ripe

December 16, 2021 | Employment Law

Statewide Mask Requirement for Californians Effective Wednesday December 14, 2021

California’s new mask mandate comes amid growing concerns that a winter surge in COVID-19 cases could once again strain hospitals.  Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, a deputy health officer for Orange County, said even without factoring in Omicron, Orange County will need …

November 18, 2021 | Employment Law

The Historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Will Create and Expand Workforce Development

President Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law Monday, enacting a key piece of his domestic spending agenda that will funnel billions to states and local governments to upgrade outdated roads, bridges, transit systems and more. The bill

November 3, 2021 | Employment Law

How Often is the Public Asked by the Government to Comment on Process?

We certainly revel in expressing our opinions on social media. Until December 27, 2021 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are seeking public comments concerning alternatives to the in-person physical examination of documents that …

October 18, 2021 | Employment Law

If an Owner-Operator is an Employee Does a Canine Cab Companion Qualify for Benefits?

Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) affects independent contractors throughout California, radically changing 30 years of worker classification and reclassifying millions as employees. It was signed into law effective January 1, 2020.

Of the many challenges to AB5, one has risen to …

September 28, 2021 | Employment Law

Arbitrator Finds Tesla Liable for Workplace Harassment

Melvin Berry worked for Tesla at the Fremont plant for just 17 months.  In that time, he was subject to racial slurs and discrimination from his superiors.  Reporting the behavior resulted in being assigned longer hours and exposure to more …

September 11, 2021 | Employment Law

President Biden Announces COVID Fighting Measures Impacting Employers and Employees

“President Biden is implementing a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy that employs the same science-based approach that was used to successfully combat previous variants of COVID-19 earlier this year. This plan will ensure that we are using every available tool to …

August 27, 2021 | Employment Law

Are COVID-19 and Anti-Theft Screenings Compensable?

Marta arrives at the warehouse early these days.  There is a line at the door.  She waits with her coworkers for a temperature check before being allowed into the building.  It’s frustrating and there are costs.  She pays more to …

August 17, 2021 | Employment Law

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace and on the Field

On Friday in Tokyo, Allyson Felix, athlete, influencer and mom, won her 11th medal in a career spanning five Olympics. This one was for the 400-meter dash. Standing on the dais with a winning smile, flowers in her left …

August 5, 2021 | Sexual Harassment

Virtual Sexual Harassment and Employee Rights

People often think of sexual harassment in the workplace as a physical or verbal encounter that involves inappropriate advances in the form of touching.  In today’s world, sexual harassment can happen anywhere and through any medium.  As technology and social …